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Safer Internet Day 2017

User AvatarPosted by Ellie Gray at 07/02/2017 08:57:35

East Riding Safeguarding Children Board (ERSCB) takes seriously its statutory role to ensure that all member agencies co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire and to ensure that they are effective in doing so.

The rapid growth of the internet, social networking and of electronic technologies generally has opened up a new world of exciting opportunities for many children and young people. Through the internet and mobile technology it is possible for them to have access to almost unlimited information worldwide, to be entertained and, through social networking sites to contact and socialise with other young people. Alongside the benefits there are also significant risks, and whilst many children and young people are very competent in using such technologies, their knowledge, as well as their parents/carers of the risks should be strengthened.

This year, ERSCB is again taking part in the national Safer Internet Day on 7 th February 2017. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

As a result of our collective action Safer Internet Day 2016 reached 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents!

We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, on Tuesday 7 February 2017 to be the change and unite for a better internet!

You can get more information on Safer Internet Day from:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017

For families more information is available from:

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://parentinfo.org/

http://www.childnet.com/resources/know-it-all-for-parents

http://parentalcontrols-on.org/

 

For young people more information is available from:

http://www.cybersmile.org/advice-help

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/nspcc-helpline